Montreal is on alert and ready to help people prepare for flooding as water levels upriver begin to rise.
The city activated its alert mode as part of its special flood response plan on Sunday and city workers erected temporary dikes along the shoreline in some areas where the river was already swelling above its banks.
Neighbourhoods bordering Rivière-des-Prairies, Lake of Two Mountains and Lac St-Louis are particularly at risk of spring flooding, with water levels expected to increase over the next two days.
At a news conference on Monday, Montreal fire operations Chief Martin Guilbault said the city is watching water levels upstream carefully.
A period of warm spring weather melted snow over the weekend and the city worried that a forecast of rain for much of the week could raise water levels even more.
Workers install temporary dyke in preparation for a surge in spring water levels.
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